The Nobel prize for physics this year was controversial. It wasn't controversial because of the idea 'wot won it' but the number of people who contributed to that idea. However, the Nobel prize has a rule that there can be at most three recipients in a given year. (That doesn't apply to Peace but it … Continue reading Prizes for Teams?
One thing that intrigues me are 'grass roots' movements to sanction behaviour. I'm presenting a paper about this in scholarly publishing at the forthcoming American Economic Association meetings. However, here I wanted to talk about a skirmish that happened over the last few days in the app economy. A couple of weeks ago, a small company called … Continue reading Private Anti-Patent Enforcement
Just a point to materials from a National Academies Workshop on Institutional and Organizational Supports for Team Science. The workshop looked at: How do current tenure and promotion policies acknowledge and provide incentives to academic researchers who engage in team science? What factors influence the productivity and effectiveness of research organizations that conduct and support … Continue reading Studies on Collaboration in Science
Our 2013 Workshop will be held this week in Atlanta. The program is terrific and includes many papers funded by our research program. Very much looking forward to the day and REER following.
I am pretty sure that Harvard Business School spends some time teaching its students about Google's "Don't be evil" business statement. While I am also pretty sure that it doesn't take it at face value, I would be very surprised if it challenged not being evil as a worthy goal. If their attempts to introduce … Continue reading Harvard Business School Publishing crosses the ‘evil’ academic line
Over at the Freakonomics blog, I have a short essay arguing that the AEA should consider providing more information about candidates for its officer elections. It may be of some interest to readers of this blog.
A new interesting paper in PLOS One. Here is the abstract: Agencies that fund scientific research must choose: is it more effective to give large grants to a few elite researchers, or small grants to many researchers? Large grants would be more effective only if scientific impact increases as an accelerating function of grant size. … Continue reading Big science doesn’t seem to carry its marginal weight
Earlier this week I attended the Second Open Economics Workshop in Cambridge, MA organised by the Open Knowledge Foundation. The aim of the workshop is to explore ways in which economics data may be opened and shared more easily. This involves a mixture of technological solutions as well as trying to get the incentives of researchers right. … Continue reading Open economics data
The 2013 workshop will be held on 8-10 November in conjunction with the 13th Annual REER will be held November 8-10, 2013 at the Global Learning Center in Technology Square Atlanta, Georgia. To accommodate this year’s expanded workshops, as well as the Best Student Paper Session, the REER will be held for full days Friday and … Continue reading 2013 Workshop Call for Papers
The Research Program on the "Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution" has a post-doctoral fellowship position available for 2013-14. Candidates should have a recently completed PhD and have a research proposal related to the following areas. The impact of open scientific publication on research outcomes and dissemination. The motivations and constraints on the sharing of … Continue reading Post-Doctoral Position